Suit filed against Montgomery-based Hyundai plant

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Lawyers for a man injured in a 2006 industrial accident at the Montgomery-based Hyundai Motors Manufacturing America plant are filing a lawsuit against the car maker.

On Thursday, HMMA employee Anton Young's attorneys filed suit in the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk's office claiming safety equipment was intentionally removed from a machine that Young was working on.

According to the complaint Young was told by supervisors to work on the sensors for a Gantry Belt Lifter 190. A GBL 190 is a piece of factory machinery that officials were hoping Young could program to identify specific car model chassis as they rolled off conveyor belts in pallets.

While working on the machine Young was severely injured when it became operational and a counter weight weighing nearly 2000 pounds dropped on him.

Lawyers for Young say the counterweight continued to bounce up and down on his head and chest before its full weight came to rest on top of him.

The defense team says he's suffered numerous injuries including: permanent brain injury, nerve damage, neck injuries, broken teeth and broken bones. He was also in a coma for several weeks and has undergone numerous surgeries.

Young is also claiming that HMMA harassed and intimidated him after he filed a worker's compensation claim, saying he's been subjected to "numerous, unwarranted drug screens".

Young's attorneys are also filing suit against the machine's manufacturer, Eisenmann Corporation and Eisenmann USA, The Hartford Group, Inc. which handles safety inspections for HMMA and is the company's insurance carrier, and other individuals which attorneys say are responsible for the injuries of their client.

Young's attorneys are pushing for compensatory and punitive damages for their client.